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Lodi police arrest two on carjacking charges after men stop at Burger King drive-through

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:17 am, Sat Jun 30, 2012.

Police arrested two men in connection with a carjacking after the men made a pit stop at a Lodi Burger King on Friday morning.

Luis Alvarez, 27, and Mario Mercado, 31, were apprehended in a high-risk car stop just outside of the Burger King located at Cherokee Lane and Victor Road on Friday morning, police said.

Police had been notified that the two men, who were in a Toyota Rav4, had been driving recklessly before pulling into the drive-through at the restaurant.

Police believe Alvarez is a suspect in a carjacking that occurred at the Econo Lodge on North Cherokee Lane on June 28 around midnight.

According to Lodi police, Alvarez met a man at the lodge, but after the two men began talking, Alvarez and the victim began to fight.

At one point, the victim's keys fell and Alvarez took them, refusing to give them back, police said.

Police then stated Alvarez went to one of the rooms at the lodge and while the victim got him to open the door, the two soon began fighting again.

Police said Alvarez bit the victim in the back a couple of times before taking the victim's car — the Rav4 — and leaving

Police said it is still unclear why the two men were fighting.

On Friday morning, police responding to the reckless vehicle call noticed the car appeared to be the same as the one taken less than 48 hours before.

The men were arrested without further incident.

Alvarez faces charges of possession of stolen property and car jacking, which are both felonies, among other felony charges. Mercado faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Mercado also had a felony arrest warrant.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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